The second full album from Shima comes blessed with a gorgeous cover design and an odd title: Tender Loving Rage. This self-released and distributed effort has a nicely untrendy perspective. Obviously influenced as much by old-school ambient artists like Brian Eno and German space boys Tangerine Dream as he is by latter day electronic musicians. Shima makes music that suggests he’s pretty much a musical loner, and sometimes this distance from the zeitgeist works to his disadvantage. His sounds have a spooked synthesizer sound that seems organically 70s, and is all the warmer and richer for it. This is music that, while rhythmic, laps along on a quiet pulse and concentrates on swirls, eddies and grunt from his keyboard arsenal, he brings in some deliciously disquieting sounds and just enough dischord to make it not the least bit new agey. And the bonus? Melodies!
Gary Steel, Real Groove